~ Natural Approaches to Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Control

As people age, they often accumulate excess body fat. There are several common culprits that cause aging people to add body fat and to also prevent them from losing it. These missing links are often overlooked, and the result is that most weight loss programs fail.

However, the scientific literature provides data indicating that sustained weight management is attainable.

Why Aging People Gain Weight

Poor diet, obesity, and aging result in excessive secretion of insulin, a factor in the development of type II diabetes. Suppressing the overproduction of insulin is a crucial component of a medically supervised weight-loss program.

Insulin Causes Hunger

A noticeable effect of surplus serum insulin is constant hunger, which results in a vicious cycle in which overeating causes more and more body fat to accumulate, which in turn causes even greater amounts of unwanted insulin to be secreted from the pancreas.

That is why supplements that help regulate blood sugar are also helpful in achieving weight loss. Here are some examples:

WellBetX "PGX" Fiber Blend - featured in this newsletter and discussed in the following article. Small amounts of PGX fiber blend inhibit acute spikes in blood glucose and insulin, thus also reducing subsequent hunger caused by insulin over-production. By taking just three grams of this soluble fiber blend before meals, the amount of glucose absorbed can be reduced by as much as 23% and the ensuing insulin surge cut by 40%.

Chromium - In the body, chromium combines with niacin to facilitate insulin's role in glucose metabolism. Chromium helps reduce the amount of insulin needed to maintain blood sugar, and this may be the mechanism by which it helps to induce fat loss.

Cinnamon Extract - One of the oldest remedies used in traditional Chinese herbalism for digestive support, recent studies have shown cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum) may support healthy blood sugar levels, when used as part of your diet, by activating insulin and glucose transport and improving glucose metabolism. A new study links cinnamon to better blood-sugar balance, especially for those with pre-diabetes and diabetes. While experts can't fully explain the effect, they say consuming 1 to 3 grams of cinnamon a day can improve blood glucose, triglyceride, low-density lipoprotein, and total cholesterol levels.

Nopal Cactus - Nutritionally supports pancreatic, insulin and blood sugar functions; healthy cholesterol; enhanced bowel function/removal of bowel toxicity; immune system function; and the timed-release of nutrients. It is also high in bulk forming mucilaginous fiber that assists most foods, herbs and supplements taken with it to be gently and naturally time-released into the blood stream. This includes the timed-release of sugars into the blood stream to support healthy blood sugar and insulin functions.

Tru Hoodia - Tru Hoodia Diet is a potent combination of herbs that help to support healthy body weight. In addition to Hoodia gordonii, Tru Hoodia Diet contains Green Tea extract, which is known for its thermogenic properties. Chromium is on element in the formula that has also been included for the support of healthy blood glucose levels, as well as in the utilization of protein and fat.

CLA - CLA is able to decrease fat storage and maintain lean muscle tissue. Most diets fail because when fewer calories are consumed, the metabolic rate slows down, restricting the amount of weight one can lose. In contrast, CLA reduces body fat by increasing basal metabolic rates, enabling dieters to eat more food and still lose weight and increase muscle mass.

Chitosan - Dubbed "The Fat Binder," chitosan is a fiber composed of chitin, which is a component of the shell of shellfish. Scientists in Norway have processed chitin to provide a magnetic binding affinity for fat and cholesterol in the digestive tract. Because of chitosan's ability to bind fat, chitosan is an excellent aid in weight loss.

To learn about the many other supplements that help with weight loss, blood sugar control and diabetes, please refer to the following:

Blood Sugar/Diabetes Section

Weight Control Section

Obesity and Weight Loss Protocol

Caution: If you are taking insulin, please check with your doctor before taking any supplement that may affect your body's insulin levels.

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